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Feb 20, 2018  |   By Amy Thomson →

To Pay or Not to Pay (Interns): That is the Question

Companies hire interns for various reasons – often primarily to save money while at the same time giving an up-and-comer in the business world an opportunity to gain valuable experience. Some companies choose to hire unpaid interns to maximize the economic benefit. However, while hiring an unpaid intern may appear economically beneficial, it could prove costly if the individual should be classified as an employee,     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Fair Labor Standards Act, Hiring and On-boarding, Internships, Minimum Wage   |  

Dec 8, 2017  |   By Iris Grim →

Take the Stress out of Performance Improvement Conversations

Every now and so often, something can go wrong in the hiring process. A “bad apple” gets in the mix of a good performing team or maybe the hiring process was not an issue but a decent employee turned “bad.” Managing people is one of the hardest jobs, but when you have to deal with a “bad” or underperforming employee, management can become even harder. No manager     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Supervisor Training   |  

Oct 10, 2017  |   By Amy Thomson →

When Employees Engage in Extremist Off-Duty Activity: What is an Employer to Do?

There is little doubt that if an employee spewed hate-filled racist messages in the workplace or wore a Nazi swastika t-shirt to work, the employer would have justification to terminate their employment.  Even in the public sector, where employers have First Amendment considerations, it would be hard to conclude that such behavior was constitutionally protected. However, what about off-duty behavior? After the recent events in     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Off-duty Employee Activities, Social Media   |  

May 22, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

When an Employee Suffers a Loss: Is Bereavement Leave Required?

In March 2017, bills were introduced to the House and Senate that would include the death of a child as a qualifying event under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Parents who are eligible employees who work for qualified employers could take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave to mourn the loss of a child. In the meantime, there are few if any     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Featured, General Business, Pregnancy, Respectful Workplace   |  

Mar 28, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

The New Form I-9: What Employers Need to Know

Employers were required to begin using the revised Form I-9 (now dated 11/14/2016) on January 22, 2017. With a new administration in the White House promising to crack down on illegal immigration controls and focus on employer accountability, as well as the increase in potential penalties for hiring people not authorized to work in the U.S., it is important that you use the new form     Continue reading

Posted in Featured, General Business, Hiring and On-boarding, Uncategorized, Wage Payment   |